Newberg Machine Shop Named 2019 SBA Portland District Small Business Champion

A.R.E. Manufacturing to Be Honored at Celebration to Recognize All Local SBA Award Winners May 2
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Contact: 
sean.wilson@sba.gov

PORTLAND, Ore.  – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2019 Portland District Small Business Champion is A.R.E. Manufacturing in Newberg, Oregon. 

Founded in 1980, A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. is a family-owned contract machine shop specializing in the manufacture of machined components using high precision Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment. During the past 39 years, the company has gained extensive experience in the high-tech automation, dental, marine, recreational and hydraulic industries. 

For over 30 years the company has been championing youth work opportunities and helping to solve the shortage of skilled machinists by working with a local high school to create a pipeline of skilled employees for the industry.

“The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said. “A.R.E. Manufacturing represents the thousands of small businesses dedicated to building a better life for their families, employees and communities.”

The SBA Portland District Business Champion Award – part of National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019 – honors individuals, organizations or businesses that promote and aid small businesses.

“We are building the next generation of our community's workforce and take pride in the products and futures we are creating,” said A.R.E. President Alvin R. Elbert.  “We believe in the importance of American manufacturing and the need for hands-on, living wage jobs in our community. Both the students and the community need these opportunities.”

Realizing that skilled employees is vital to the future of  the machining industry, Elbert worked with local high schools and colleges to  develop internship and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to help build the workforce for tomorrow.  He took the concept one step further by spearheading the founding of Tiger Manufacturing, a for-profit student –run contract machine shop. 

Tiger Manufacturing is fully functioning at Newberg High School where the students machine real parts, for real customers for real paychecks. During the 2018-2019 school year, Tiger Manufacturing expanded from one to two periods with 12 students. The hope is to expand even more in the coming years and becoming a self-sustaining business.

In 2017, A.R.E. Manufacturing participated in the Small Business Development Center‘s (SBDC) SCALE Oregon program focused on assisting traded-sector businesses pursue new markets or improve operational efficiencies.  The program helped the company reassess its strategic goals and improve its web presence.

"National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses, which make up 99 percent of all businesses in the Pacific Northwest and create two out of every three net new jobs,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Small business owners represent our country’s best. They are innovators, job creators and community leaders. Shining a spotlight on their inspirational stories and journeys is an honor.”

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from Oregon and the SBA Portland District – which serves Oregon and southwest Washington – will be May 2. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include Small Business Person of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Nano Business of the Year, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence Award, and the Small Business Lending All-Star awards.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov. The Portland District Office serves Oregon and southwest Washington with an office located in Portland.